Curtis Blaydes vs. Alexander Volkov back on for UFC headliner on June 20

Curtis Blaydes (pictured) holds wins over Alistair Overeem, Mark Hunt and Aleksei Oleinik. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov will meet each other on June 20 after all. The heavyweight duo was scheduled to fight that night in the main event of UFC Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, but the card was cancelled […]

Joao Zeferino featured in new episode of PFL’s ‘Run it Back’ series

Most mixed martial arts action is on hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic, but the PFL will help fill the void with its “Run it Back” series. “Run it Back” features PFL fighters looking back on their biggest moments. The latest episode – which streams live Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on the promotion’s YouTube, […]

Jessica Andrade back home after quarantine, hopes to be on UFC’s first ‘Fight Island’ card

Jessica Andrade was scheduled to face Rose Namajunas in April before the event was cancelled. | Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting Jessica Andrade and her team quickly left Brazil for Las Vegas to save an April 18 fight against Rose Namajunas. Through no fault of her own, she lost the date. But that wasn’t the end […]

‘Championship mat-mopper’ Dominick Cruz goes back to basics after UFC 249 loss

Dominick Cruz might not have taken the bantamweight title from Henry Cejudo at UFC 249. However, he has earned himself another championship label. The label of “championship mat-mopper.” Following his second-round TKO loss to Cejudo earlier this month, Cruz (22-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has returned to the drawing board as he attempts to rebuild from […]

Report: Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov on Life Support, Back in Coma as Condition Worsens

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Spinning Back Clique: Maybe let’s cut MMA referees some slack?

Welcome to “Spinning Back Clique,” MMA Junkie’s weekly show that takes a spin through the biggest topics in mixed martial arts. In this week’s episode, Simon Head fills in to host while “Gorgeous” George, “Goze” and special guest Farah Hannoun recap the UFC’s week in Jacksonville and more. Let’s go! SHOW RUNDOWN: At UFC on […]

Darren Elkins’ Rollercoaster Back To The Octagon

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Henry Cejudo: Retirement is real, but Dana White ‘knows the number’ to bring me back

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo said he really plans to hang up his gloves. But if promotion president Dana White wants to keep him fighting, money talks. “He knows the number, but let all these other bantamweights kill each other,” Cejudo said after his surprise retirement after defending his […]

UFC adapts to coronavirus pandemic, delivers on promise to be first back up and running

(Editor’s note: This story originally published in Friday’s print edition of USA TODAY.) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As Dana White promised, the UFC is the first major U.S. sports organization to return to live action following a national stoppage of events because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, the promotion hosts UFC 249 at VyStar […]

Kevin Lee Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery, Vows to Come Back ’10 Times’ Stronger

The surgery to repair a torn ACL in Kevin Lee’s left knee was apparently a success. View full post on Recent News on

UFC 249 show open video: ‘The UFC is back’

How do you know it’s been way too long between UFC fights? How about when UFC president Dana White releases a show open six days ahead of the card? On Saturday, “UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje” takes place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. It will mark the first UFC card in 56 […]

Flashback: Dan Hardy gets back on track

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Curtis Blaydes takes aim at MMA’s glamorous female fighters – and Pearl Gonzalez fires back

MMA is full of fighter beefs that pop up almost out of nowhere, and the COVID-19 lockdown doesn’t seem to have halted that trend. The latest Twitter clash involves UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes and Invicta FC flyweight Pearl Gonzalez. Despite both hailing from the Chicago area, they ended up in a spiky social media […]

After Donald Cerrone’s comments, Stephen A. Smith claps back at critics: ‘Am I off my rocker now?’

Stephen A. Smith was right all along – at least, according to him. In an interview Tuesday, UFC welterweight Donald Cerrone told ESPN he wasn’t mentally present for his January fight against Conor McGregor at UFC 246. “Donald showed up,” Cerrone said. “‘Cowboy’ wasn’t there. Wrong guy showed up. I couldn’t get going, couldn’t get excited, […]

Kamaru Usman: Tyron Woodley ‘holding himself back’ by picking and choosing opponents

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Kamaru Usman never had a personal grudge with Tyron Woodley. But he’s got some advice for the former UFC welterweight champion if he wants to get back to the title: just fight. Usman defeated Woodley at UFC 235 to become welterweight champion and defended it this past December with a fifth-round […]

Aljamain Sterling ready to fight again after girlfriend battled back from COVID-19 infection

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting When the UFC was determined to soldier on during a global pandemic, most fighters on the roster cheered the promotion’s decision and eagerly volunteered to compete even if it was under less than optimal conditions. Bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling was not among them. As soon as reports surfaced that the New […]

Sage Northcutt says he’s dropping back to 155 pounds for ONE Championship return

Those who have followed Sage Northcutt’s career can predict a couple things about how he’s handling stay-at-home time during the coronavirus pandemic: 1. The energetic Texan is probably getting a little restless; and 2. He’s nonetheless maintaining his upbeat disposition. Such assertions would be correct. Northcutt hasn’t fought in nearly a year, and who knows […]

Video: Joe Rogan makes his first appearance in the UFC back in 1997

Joe Rogan has been a fixture of UFC broadcasts for quite some time. But he looked a lot different during his first appearance back in 1997. At UFC 12, Rogan served as a backstage reporter and interviewer for a fight card that featured “Victor” Belfort in a heavyweight tournament and Mark “The Hammer” Coleman facing […]

Gerald Meerschaert glad to get back on track at UFC 248, eyes quick return

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Like many of us, Gerald Meerschaert is starting to get a little stir crazy living the quarantine life. It was just over one month ago that Meerschaert was in Las Vegas, competing in front of a live crowd at the T-Mobile Arena, where he submitted Deron Winn at UFC 248. That […]

Jon Jones fires back at Anthony Smith over ‘douchebag’ comments regarding home invasion

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Anthony Smith probably isn’t looking for any advice regarding his recent home invasion but Jon Jones is going to give it to him anyways. The war of words between the former opponents ratcheted up in recent days after Jones sent out a tweet addressed to Smith following an altercation with an […]

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